AUGUSTA — A nonpartisan advocacy group says the tax cuts enacted by the Legislature during the past session shifts taxes to middle-income earners and property taxpayers.

The Maine Center for Economic Policy on Tuesday addressed an issue that’s prominent in legislative elections, the tax cuts which drop 70,000 low-income Mainers from the tax rolls and lower income tax rates.

The left-leaning economic policy group says its analysis shows that 40 percent of Maine taxpayers will see an increase in their state and local property taxes. Waterville Mayor Karen Heck says property taxes are already paying an unfair share of what should be borne by more broad-based taxes.

Majority Republicans who led the push for tax cuts say they can see no evidence that the cuts have pushed up property taxes.

 

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